If nothing else, Spring 2017 looks like it’s shaping up to be a season of either subtly or unabashedly addressing the need for the world to be submerged in merriment and social awareness.  From Altuzarra’s fruit laden, colorful collection to Prabal Gurung’s proud stance for feminism, this trend is permeating the fashion world like never before.  Rosie Assoulin’s offering for next spring followed suit as she brought the beach to fashion week.

Assoulin set the scene having models stand among spurts of potted plants and beach chairs set on packing peanuts, bringing to mind the summers she spent frolicking on the Jersey Shore as a young girl.  Prints ran amuck to elevate the jubilant surroundings.  Wide-leg jumpsuits, structured peplum  tops and strapless gowns were emblazoned with beautiful florals, reminiscent of freshly picked bouquets from an ambrosial garden.

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Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 12 Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 21Stripes, vertical and horizontal, dominated as well, giving reason for the eyes to dance in wonder.  Multi-colored or in nudes and browns, trousers, tops and floor length dresses boasted eye-catching linear patterns.Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 10

Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 31 Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 26 For those who desire looks not as bold but still attention grabbing, Assoulin presented easy-going options that don’t seem to bind the body tightly and allow for free-flowing movement.  A beige, belted dress with precisely frayed seams was one of the standouts along with a periwinkle belted jumpsuit cuffed at the hem.  A pair of embellished mules or leather sandals are sure to uplift any of these options.Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 23 Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 1

Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 5Assoulin didn’t stop there.  Continuing to draw inspiration from her childhood strolls along sandy shores, a few pieces resembled kaleidoscopic beach umbrellas.  Vivid bands of color streamed down dresses and skirts, and would hypnotize any onlooker should one of the models do a twirl.Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 35

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Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 38 Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017 39All-in-all, Assoulin’s delivery was spot on.  The backdrop served as inspiration to want to soak up the sun and enjoy life.  She’s also an advocate for celebrating diversity in fashion given the amount of black and Asian models used to showcase her creations. However, while life’s moments interspersed with escapism from the world’s dilemmas through fashion can bring about some sort of balance, we have to be mindful to not use fashion as a bandaid to conceal global issues, but as a vehicle to inspire change for the better.

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